FLN football team

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FLN football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Home stadium Various
First colours
Second colours
First international
Tunisia Tunisia 1–2 FLN Algeria
(Tunis, Tunisia; June 1, 1957)
Last International
 Yugoslavia 1 - 6 FLN Algeria
(Belgrade, Yugoslavia; March 29, 1961)
Biggest win
Tunisia Tunisia 0-8 FLN Algeria
(Tunis, Tunisia; April 15, 1958)
 Morocco 0-8 FLN Algeria
(Casablanca, Morocco; October 8, 1959)

The FLN football team (in Arabic: Lire  فريق جبهة التحرير الوطني لكرة القدم‎‎,[1] in French: Équipe du FLN de football), also known as Le onze de l'indépendance (English: The eleven of the Independence) was a team made up mainly of professional players in France, who then joined the Algerian independence movement of the National Liberation Front (FLN), and assisted in organizing football matches against national football teams.


The team was founded on 13 April 1958. The role of this team was primarily psychological, in order to show the French metropolitans that even professional footballers were involved in the cause, even to the extent of renouncing their status. The French authorities easily obtained the non-recognition of the team by FIFA. Despite the prohibition on play, the FLN team engaged in a world tour of about eighty meetings, including Europe, Asia and Africa. These games were widely used by pro-independence propaganda. The team existed from 1958 to 1962, bequeathing its place in 1963 to its legitimate successor, the Algeria national football team.

Player selection[edit]

Name Birth date Club prior to FLN Club after FLN
Abderrahmane Boubekeur (1931-03-13)March 13, 1931 (aged 27) AS Monaco MC Alger
Ali Doudou (1927-01-05)January 5, 1927 (aged 31) USM Bône USM Annaba
Abderrahman Ibrir (1919-11-10)November 10, 1919 (aged 38) Olympique de Marseille End of career
Mustapha Zitouni (1928-10-19)October 19, 1928 (aged 29) AS Monaco RC Kouba
Kaddour Bekhloufi (1934-06-07)June 7, 1934 (aged 23) AS Monaco USM Bel-Abbès
Dahmane Defnoun (1936-05-08)May 8, 1936 (aged 21) SCO Angers SCO Angers
Mohamed Soukhane (1931-10-12)October 12, 1931 (aged 26) Le Havre AC Le Havre AC
Chérif Bouchache Le Havre AC
Smaïn Ibrir (1933-02-28)February 28, 1933 (aged 25) Le Havre AC End of career
Abdallah Settati Girondins de Bordeaux
Khaldi Hammadi Stade Tunisien
Mokhtar Arribi (1924-02-24)February 24, 1924 (aged 34) RC Lens End of career
Saïd Haddad (1922-08-30)August 30, 1922 (aged 35) Toulouse FC End of career
Ali Benfadah (1935-01-10)January 10, 1935 (aged 23) SCO Angers SCO Angers
Rachid Mekhloufi (1936-08-12)August 12, 1936 (aged 21) AS Saint-Étienne Servette FC
Mohamed Boumezrag[note 1] (1921-06-13)June 13, 1921 (aged 36) US Mans End of career
Boudjemaa Bourtal (1933-08-22)August 22, 1933 (aged 24) AS Béziers End of career
Amar Rouaï (1932-03-09)March 9, 1932 (aged 26) SCO Angers SCO Angers
Hassen Chabri (1931-04-25)April 25, 1931 (aged 26) AS Monaco CS Hammam Lif
Abdelaziz Ben Tifour (1927-07-25)July 25, 1927 (aged 30) AS Monaco USM Alger
Abdelhamid Kermali (1931-04-24)April 24, 1931 (aged 26) Olympique lyonnais End of career
Abdelhamid Bouchouk (1927-04-14)April 14, 1927 (aged 30) Toulouse FC End of career
Saïd Brahimi (1931-14-03)February 3, 1931 (aged 26) Toulouse FC End of career
Mohamed Maouche (1936-04-24)April 24, 1936 (aged 21) Stade de Reims FC Martigny
Ahmed Oudjani (1937-03-19)March 19, 1937 (aged 21) RC Lens RC Lens
Amokrane Oualiken (1933-04-06)April 6, 1933 (aged 25) Nîmes Olympique MC Alger
Abderrahmane Soukhane (1936-11-13)November 13, 1936 (aged 21) Le Havre AC Le Havre AC
Abdelkader Mazouz (1932-08-06)August 6, 1932 (aged 25) Nîmes Olympique FC La Chaux-de-Fonds
Mohamed Bourricha Nîmes Olympique
Abdelkrim Kerroum (1936-03-25)March 25, 1936 (aged 22) AS Troyes et Savinienne MC Saïda
Hocine Bouchache (1932-04-20)April 20, 1932 (aged 25) Le Havre AC Le Havre AC
Saïd Amara (1933-03-11)March 11, 1933 (aged 25) AS Béziers Girondins de Bordeaux
Abdelhamid Zouba (1930-06-08)June 8, 1930 (aged 27) Chamois Niortais Chamois Niortais


  1. ^ Mohamed Boumezrag Trained the team from 1957 to 1962, also played for the team between 1957 and 1959.


  1. ^ Pronunciation in Arabic is About this sound fariq jabhate al-taḥrir al-watani 

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